Monday, September 01, 2008

Muddy Water Watch: Volunteers needed

If you're concerned about local water quality and want to do something to help, then please consider the following volunteer opportunity:

Riverlink, an out-standing non-profit and home to our French Broad River Keeper, is offering volunteer training in the "Muddy Water Watch" program. This program is a state-wide initiative to reduce sediment runoff from construction sites by providing training workshops and materials to help volunteers understand erosion control violations. Volunteers will learn how they can help prevent impacts from the number one water pollution problem- sediment.

No previous knowledge of erosion and sedimentation is needed, just a motivation to learn. After the training, volunteers will be able to:

-monitor construction sites and take pictures of potential violations

-document and report streams, creeks, and other waterways that are polluted with excessive sediment

-learn how to use several data storage websites

-take photographs after heavy rainfalls


Training Dates

The trainings will take place at RiverLink’s office in Asheville on Sept. 9th (5:30-8:30pm), Sept 23rd (5:30-8:30pm) and Oct 7th (5:30-8:30pm). Volunteers will need to attend all three trainings.

How do I learn more about MWW?

Visit or Here, you will find directions, job descriptions, contact information, workshop dates and locations, and much more. Or contact Hartwell Carson, French Broad Riverkeeper at 828-252-8474 ext. 114 or email